Friday, 21 October 2016

What is your head telling you?

I was taking a class this week in a local residential home.  The participants are, as you would expect, older people many in their late 80s and 90s.  There is lots of laughter and fun, but sometimes its all too much.  I passed round a core ball (medicine ball with handles) and the first lady I gave it to declared it to be far too heavy for her.  All the other people in the class also decided it was too much and that they couldn’t possibly pick it up and move it at all. 

We carried on and did lots of other exercises (I reckon an hour of activity when you are old enough to remember a time when your husband was fighting in the war is pretty good going) and we returned to the core ball.

This time round it was  picked up and pushed in front of her chest and pulled back in – several times. It was passed on and the next resident took it and did the same – in fact everyone in the class moved that ball around.

Why am I telling you this?  Because so often we all tell ourselves that we can’t do something and then behave as if we can’t .  I have lost count of the number of people who tell me that they can’t run and then get on the treadmill and with a bit of encouragement – break into a jog.  OK – they won’t break any speed records but it is still their own Personal Best.

What is your head telling you?  Today – check out the reality – are you sure you are getting the message right ?  Don’t let your head restrict your body – lift that weight, run that mile – don’t listen to that negative voice – its not telling you the truth !

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